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in michael bloomberg. but only from a legal standpoint. >> the u.s. constitution says you have a right to do that. period. end of story. the government can't stop you from burning a book. i said i thought it was distasteful, disrespectful and outraged, that it jeopardizes this country and our troops but the constitution protects it. >> reporter: not even the white house has been able to convince zwroenz drop his plans, to burn copies of the koran this saturday, the ninth anniversary of 9/11. >> as of this time, we have no intention of canceling. >> i am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful disgraceful act. that has come from american religious leaders of all faiths. >> reporter: even gainesville city officials are looking for a way to stop it but so far, no luck. nbc news. >>> today vatican also condemned the plan to burn the koran. general david petraeus is warning against burning the koran. he is commander of u.s. and nato forces of afghanistan. he said if the koran burning does take place, images of the event will be used by extremist in afghanistan and a
of the first u.s. warriors badly hurt in the iraq war. >> someone who served in battle, along with all the marines who knew i was gay. it did not matter. >> he got a medical discharge. but since don't ask, don't tell took effect in 1993, 13,000 men and women have been kicked out of the military. >> it's long pastime to repeal this policy which is unjust, unamerican, and extremely hurtful to the effectiveness of our military. >> reporter: rublicans blocked a vote. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: john mccain opposes repeal. >> the senate goes down this path, we would be ignoringhe views of the troops and casting aside the professional mility advice given by each of the four service chiefs. >> reporter: in fact, just before president obama awarded a medal of honor today, the marine he's chosen to keep in command of the core said don't letays serve openly let. >> we'reot quite sure what the impact will be on an all volunteer force. >> reporter: a bigger blow came from susan collins who backs repeal, but not to help democrats win more gay votes. >> now is not the time to play p
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